London, United Kingdom (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
His interest in this precious metal started oddly back in 1975 in Cobar, a mining and railway terminal town in New South Wales, Australia. Together with some other colleagues, author Lawrence Akakpo was waiting at the shaft collar for the cage to go underground on his 4PM to midnight shift at Cobar Mines Proprietary Ltd, NSW, Australia, when he saw a torn-out piece of glossy white paper being blown towards his direction. He picked it up and surprisingly read the heading: Properties and Uses of Gold. As he read it, he realised how ignorant he was about the metal except for the traditional uses: jewellery, trophies, ornaments, artefacts, and coins. This led to his insatiable desire to know more about The Metal Gold. And in this newly published book, he shares his in-depth research to all.
With a comprehensive presentation, replete with photographs and figures, readers will definitely find this a great resource and reference material. He researched on the properties, world production statistics, and uses of the metal. He also included the recent discoveries from the continuous and on-going studies conducted everywhere. He presents facts and information without delving into technical details, unless necessary, so that ordinary people would also find this interesting to read and understandable. “I hope that, this little contribution from me will strengthen knowledge, admiration and respect for the metal, strengthen its uses in solutions of many of humans’ intractable problems and at the same time reveal some of its pitfalls, resulting mainly from humanity’s general insatiable appetite for greed, selfishness and brutality to satisfy the greed,” shares the author.
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About the Author
Lawrence Akakpo was born in Ghana and educated in Opoku Ware Secondary School, Kumasi, Ghana; Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; Camborne School of Mines (Exeter University) in Camborne-Redruth, Cornwall, UK, where he graduated in mining engineering and was also awarded Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree for his research, design and consultancy work for State Gold Mining Corporation of Ghana in the same institution. He further studied Education in the then Thames Polytechnic, now Greenwich University, London. He taught mathematics and physics at Presbyterian Secondary School, then at Odumasi, Krobo (now in Legon) in Ghana. He further taught mathematics and physics in Suhum Secondary Technical School, Suhum; and taught mathematics at Kibi Women’s Teacher Training College, Kibi. He resigned from the teaching field to take up appointment in the mining industry in late 1969. He was employed by State Gold Mining Corporation, Ghana; and worked and researched for Prestea Goldfields Ltd., Prestea. He also had mining experience in Cobar Mines Proprietary Ltd in New South Wales, Australia, and South Crofty Tin Mine, Pool, Redruth, Cornwall in England. He worked with Derby Luminescent Ltd., a specialist chemical company in Enfield, North London, in the 1980s after leaving the mining industry. He was finally employed by Haringey Education Services of Haringey Council, London, as Mathematics and Information Technology lecturer/tutor for fourteen years before he retired from active teaching profession in December 2004. He is currently researching for two-volume book on Ghana’s gold industry titled An Anatomy of Ghana’s Gold Industry – The Facts, The Figures and the Myths. Volume 1: Ashanti Goldfield Company is nearly finished for proof reading and publication; Volume 2: The General Gold Mining Industry (Including the Other Gold Mines) is more than 50% finished.
The Metal Gold * by Lawrence Akakpo
Properties, World Production Statistics: BC 3900-AD 2009, Units of Measurements & Trading and The Uses
Publication Date: December 3, 2010
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